El Aborto Es Planeación Familiar

Durante el fin de semana ante pasado casi un millón de simpatizantes del movimiento “Ola Celeste México” armada por Frente Nacional por la Familia (FNF) se reunieron a nivel nacional para protestar contra el aborto.

Se dice que hubo testimonios de toda clase. Pero aún cuando hayan tenido testimonios científicos, en un país donde 80% de sus habitantes se identifican como Católicos, no es sorprendente que tantos ciudadanos vayan en contra de la interrupción de embarazo. Es importante que como país entendamos de donde nacen nuestras motivaciones.

Los anti-aborto suelen utilizar retórica positiva cual crea lenguaje afirmativo. Frases como “Sí a la vida” hacen pensar que quienes estamos a favor del aborto decimos “Sí a la muerte”.  Esta falacia comparativa es peligrosa.

La FNF no está pensando en la familia como su nombre lo insinúa. En un país donde la prevención al embarazo es escasa, ocupamos el primer lugar en embarazos en adolescentes y 43.6% de nuestra gente vive en pobreza, el acceso al aborto es cuestión de responsabilidad a la salud de nuestro país. El acceso al aborto es pensar en la salud, no solo del país, pero de los núcleos familiares.

La planeación familiar es suprema para la salud económica y calidad de vida de cualquier sociedad. Cuando estamos hablando de México con su pobreza monetaria, educativa, y laboral, negar el acceso al aborto es atarse las manos frente a uno, hincarse y rezar por un milagro que no va a suceder.

Una de las opciones que ofrecen estos movimientos en contra de la planeación familiar es la adopción. De nuevo, con casi la mitad de nuestra sociedad mexicana en pobreza, la adopción es escasa; casi inexistente. Entre Enero y Junio del 2018, solo 5 niños fueron procesados exitosamente por el DIF.

Lo que resulta es una población de niños y adolescentes abandonada por sus padres que se sitúa en albergues de bajos recursos. Es una población en riesgo a la violencia que persiste en nuestras comunidades. Es una población de futuros adultos que tendrán que lidiar con el abandono de su sociedad.

Además, somos un país que aún sufre altos niveles de violencia contra la mujer y a menores. De acuerdo a la OCDE, México ocupa el primer lugar en abuso sexual y violencia a menores ¿Dónde está la planeación familiar?

La Frente Nacional por la Familia no dice “Sí a la vida”. Dice, “No a la planeación familiar”. Dice, “No a la responsabilidad económica”. Dice, “No a la educación sexual en la escuelas públicas y el hogar”. Dice, “No a la autonomía de la mujeres”. Solo dice “Sí” a aquellas niñas y mujeres que preguntan si deben de abandonar sus estudios para trabajar por un salario mínimo para apenas poder alimentar a ese bebé que no querían o podían tener.

Quienes estamos a favor del aborto decimos “Sí a tu autonomía”. Decimos, “Sí a que tomes control de tu futuro”. Decimos, “Sí a las segundas oportunidades”. Decimos, “Sí a la planeación familiar”. Decimos, “Sí a un país que asume responsabilidad por sus fallas”.

El tema del aborto va más allá del debate sobre dónde comienza “la vida”. Va más allá de la religión y el lenguaje emocional que somos propensos a utilizar cuando hablamos del aprecio que tenemos por vivir. Mientras haya aspectos de la vida que tengan una finta “milagrosa”, no significa que debamos abandonar el razonamiento a cada vuelta por llamar algo “un milagro”. 

El tema del aborto trata sobre ser una sociedad responsable, inteligente, y considerada. Debemos poner nuestros egos e ideologías a un lado y considerar que no siempre sabemos las cosas que nuestros amigos y vecinos viven. 

De nuevo, somos un país 80% Católico. Lo más probable es que todos conocemos a alguien que ha tenido que tomar esa decisión difícil a través de métodos ilegales, peligrosos o necesitando ir lejos para poder accesar el cuidado que requieren.  Pero dado a una ideología que busca crear miedo a través del prejuicio, vivirán con ese secreto por siempre. Esa no es la clase de sociedad dentro de la cual yo quiero pertenecer.

Why Support a Woman’s Right to Choose

I often find pro-life posts on my Facebook News Feed. It’s not surprising to me since I come from a highly catholic and conservative environment, while I myself am a lapsed one. This is a response to the rhetoric I find coming from that environment.

  1. The God factor: Often people will use religion as a reason as to why they oppose abortion. The language goes from something like, “The sanctity of life” to “Man is not God.” The problem with this argument is that man creates man. Whether you believe in God or not, we as biological-rational beings, choose (or not, but do) to make more of us. People choose to have children, or people have sex which results in a child. We are conscious of this. We know unprotected sex (can) = child. It’s science, biology, the fact of life and how animal in general multiplies. Therefore, to say that it was God’s doing, well…sure, but that would mean that man then, is not responsible for reproducing, which we are and we are aware of this. There’s no immaculate conception, and if you believe this happens, you’ve got bigger problems. Therefore, abortion is much of man’s decision as it to procreate. We are responsible for who we put on Earth. Which takes me to my next point.
  2. Shouldn’t be doing it if not ready: Yes, teenagers are not ready to be parents. Some adults are not ready to be parents. But guess what. It happens. It’s biology, hormones, and the way the world works. Never in the history of humanity has the repression of sex worked. To use this as an argument is to live in la-la land. Furthermore, this argument belittles the realities of the social world. Low income communities with lack of resources to sexual education and contraceptives, are the ones that suffer the most. This is also in part the government’s doing when there is maldistribution of resources, particularly for women in vulnerable domestic situations. To place full on responsability over the shoulders of a young girl from a low-income household where she could possibly have suffered abuse from a relative (which is statistically the probability), is, to me, offensive, insane, and detrimental to the well being of not only her, but society as a whole. She, herself, probably didn’t choose her own situation and she should not be punished because of it. It’s easy to place the blame on women and call them murderers. First, it’s a two way street; takes two to tango. Second, having a child is a serious responsibility. Forgive me, but I rather have a child spared the possibility of terrible life than have them be subjected to situations they didn’t choose themselves. The situation is much larger than a one night discrepancy. It’s called reality. This takes me to my next argument…
  3. They are being selfish, the child didn’t have a say: Well, children don’t ask to be conceived either. The people having them do (or don’t). I’m also sure, the child won’t choose their name, their education, their religion, their family, their nationality, their family’s income, their clothing, their government, their food, and basically anything else, until much later. If a woman, or couple, doesn’t believe that bringing up a child is the right thing for that child, or them, they shouldn’t have to. There’s many young women who have unplanned pregnancies and decide that it is simply not the right thing for anyone. Maybe she doesn’t have money, she was abused, she didn’t have the proper education, “god-forbid” she’s 14; the reasons don’t really matter and they shouldn’t have to be in horrible situations to have to argue why it is the right thing for them. When you have the child, you are responsible for that child’s survival. It’s serious business. If someone doesn’t want to raise someone else, they shouldn’t be coerced into it and neither should the child. There’s enough abandoned and abused kids in the world.

Lastly and more importantly, women deserve a safe environment where they are able to discuss their options without secrecy or fear of being personally attacked or judged. Making abortion clinics inaccessible and pushing stigma over the issue does not deter abortions as a whole. THIS IS A FACT. For example, after a Texas law restricting clinic abortions was pushed, clinics have started to receive calls from women looking for tips as to how to have a home abortion. This devastating fact has actually caused Texan home abortions to rise dramatically. This is unsafe for women, psychologically devastating and simply…terrible. They are forced to do something that no one woman actually wants to go through. No one in fact wants an abortion, but they choose to because, to them, it is their best option as they see it. Furthermore, especially in highly religious and conservative communities, women will often secretly try to find information through people and online, often fearing the social stigma that comes along with it. They are shamed into pretending nothing is occurring and don’t look for the proper support they need in a time such as this one. Pushing stigma and fear on women for the sake of an ideology is far more harmful to that woman than anything else that can or could happen in a situation where they are considering to take this route.

When people support a woman’s right to choose, it’s not that we are supporting death. We support the choice of rationality over ideology and freedom over coercion. We support the choice of safety over danger and comfort over authority. We support education and resources when needed, not an idea. We support the choice of a bright future no matter what the decision. That is what we are supporting.